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Bulger attorneys plan to file appeal paperwork

Attorneys for notorious Boston gangster James J. “Whitey” Bulger say they will file their appeal of his convictions in the First US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Aug. 14.

The filing said the attorneys would argue that Bulger’s trial before US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper was unfair, but they did not provide any details on what portions of the case they would focus their appeal on.

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Bulger, 84, was convicted in US District Court in Boston of participating in 11 murders, drug trafficking, money laundering, extortion, and other crimes, during his decadeslong reign in Boston’s underworld under the protection of corrupt FBI agents.

During the trial, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office called 63 witnesses, including three of Bulger’s former associates — Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, John Martorano, and Kevin Weeks — who all implicated Bulger in murder and admitted their roles as well.

All three cut controversial deals with the government.

Bulger did not testify and is now serving a life sentence in federal prison in Tucson, Ariz.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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